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Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Cheerleading

Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Cheerleading

Episode 22: Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Cheerleading

On today’s episode of Life After Cheer, I’m talking with  Ashley Steinberger, registered dietician and founder of The Cheer Nutritionist, and Dr. Allison Smith, a teacher, and athletic trainer. We discuss disordered eating and body image, including the red flags to watch out for.

Here are a few takeaways from our important conversation:

  1. [14:40] The athletes are doing elite-level events, but they don’t see themselves as elite-level athletes
  2. [24:43] Red flags include constant and consistent injuries if there’s a quick or drastic body change, and overexercising
  3. [41:50] Give a new lifestyle a chance – try it for a couple of days, and decide whether you like it or not after some time

ABOUT ASHLEY:

Ashley Steinberger, MS, RD is the Founder of The Cheer Nutritionist. She is a former Cheerleader from World Cup All-Stars and The University of South Carolina, Master of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from Columbia University & Board Certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in Sports Nutrition & Eating Disorder Awareness. As The Cheer Nutritionist, her mission is to help cheerleaders & athletic-people fuel for performance by providing nutrition support & education specifically designed for cheerleaders to help elicit long term behavior change. She offers one-on-one nutrition counseling, team talks, parent/coaches group coaching and more!

ABOUT ALLY:

Dr. Allison Smith is a licensed and certified athletic trainer with over 9 years of clinical experience at the college and high school level. Dr. Smith began her cheerleading career at the age of 10 and cheered competitively through her Freshman year of college. Allison attended Otterbein University and received both a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and a Master of Science in Allied Health. She then attended the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health where she received a PhD in Exercise Science. Her dissertation work focused on investigating and examining eating disorder risk, body image dissatisfaction, and components of the female athlete triad in competitive cheerleaders. Dr. Smith was an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for one year before transitioning into a dual teaching and athletic training role with the Lafayette Parish School System in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr.Smith is still currently engaging in research within the cheerleading community with her focus being on the female athlete triad, energy availability, body image dissatisfaction, and eating disorder risk. .

CONNECT WITH ASHLEY AND ALLY:

The Cheer Nutritionist: https://www.thecheernutritionist.com/

Cheer Nutrionist IG: https://www.instagram.com/thecheernutritionist/

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CHEERFIT: instagram.com/cheerfittraining

 

How to Become More Self-Aware and The Journey to Your Authentic Self: Tips from Former Pro Cheerleader Karrie Larson

How to Become More Self-Aware and The Journey to Your Authentic Self: Tips from Former Pro Cheerleader Karrie Larson

Episode 21: How to Become More Self-Aware and The Journey to Your Authentic Self: Tips from Former Pro Cheerleader Karrie Larson

Wow, what a riveting episode we have today! I talk with Karrie Larson, former NBA dancer for the Warriors Dance Team and Timberwolves Dancers! We talked about various topics, including how to be your most authentic self.

Here are just a few of the most important highlights from today’s episode:

  1. [6:37] Self-awareness is the biggest key – sometimes, you have to take a step back and focus on your reactions, asking yourself how you react the way you do.
  2. [28:25] It’s okay if you don’t feel the best about yourself – you must learn the best version of yourself and find your truest character.
  3. [31:33] People who live in the past often live in regret and sadness, people who live in the future often live in fear and anxiety, and people who live in the present are the ones who experience the most joy.

ABOUT KARRIE:

Karrie is California born, Wisconsin raised, and back living in the San Francisco CA area. She has been involved with pro NBA/NFL dance for the past 9 years — 4 years of dancing in the NBA (Timberwolves and Warriors), and 5+ years supporting dancers to make pro teams through dance training and mindset mentorship. Karrie has officially retired the pro dancing life and now owns her own wellness company called Serving Sundays which is a Sunday service designed to make it easy for people to connect more deeply with themselves through meditation, sound healing, guest speakers, yoga/stretch, guided writing and more. Karrie stands for authenticity, leaning into your strengths, self-discovery, and finding meaning in life.

CONNECT WITH KARRIE:

Karrie’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/karrielarson

Serving Sundays IG: https://www.instagram.com/servingsundays/ 

Website: http://karrielynnlarson.weebly.com/ 

LINKS:

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CHEERFIT: instagram.com/cheerfittraining

How to Turn your Cheer Passion into a Profitable Side Hustle

How to Turn your Cheer Passion into a Profitable Side Hustle

Episode 20: How to Turn Your Cheer Passion into a Profitable Side Hustle

This week’s episode of Life After Cheer discusses how you can turn your passion for cheer into a side business! After all, just because your time as an athlete is over doesn’t necessarily mean that your cheering passion has to be. 

Here are just a few of the tips I mention: 

  1. (5:08) Hone in on the skills you learned as a cheerleader and take them with you after cheer
  2. (10:45) Don’t let self-doubt or others’ self-doubt get in the way of your goals
  3. (19:27) It’s good to feel uncomfortable – that means you are growing, changing, and evolving, so take it in stride!

LINKS:

FOLLOW:

CHEERFIT: instagram.com/cheerfittraining

How to Turn your Cheer Passion into a Profitable Side Hustle

How to Become a Morning Workout Person

Episode 18: How to Become a Morning Workout Person

This particular episode of Life After Cheer is yet another solo episode with me! Today, I share my best tips about how you can become someone who works out in the mornings and why September is the best month to start that journey!

There are three notable tidbits from this episode, which include:

  1. (1:53) Waking up early to work out can give you more energy due to you feeling far more productive in the morning
  2.  (9:00) Get a good night’s sleep beforehand – make sure to give yourself an hour before bed in which you don’t check your phone
  3. (13:52) Track the positive impacts rather than the negative ones! Typically, we tend to focus on the negative things rather than the things that go right – try and do the opposite

LINKS:

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CHEERFIT: instagram.com/cheerfittraining

Top Gun All Stars Co-Owner + Founder, Victor Rosario Talks How to Go from Good to Great

Top Gun All Stars Co-Owner + Founder, Victor Rosario Talks How to Go from Good to Great

Episode 17: Top Gun All Stars Co-Owner + Founder, Victor Rosario Talks How to Go from Good to Great

This week’s episode of Life After Cheer features Victor Rosario, the co-owner and co-founder of Top Gun All Stars – one of the most elite and all-star gyms. Today, Victor shares what exactly has made Top Gun All-Stars so successful.

In talking with Victor, we chat about plenty of things, including:

  1. (18:07) The key is to do fun doing what you do in life, and not take things such as negative energy with you and bring it into a space where it should be positive
  2. (30:15) If you’re not being true to yourself in what you do, what you do isn’t going to be different – be unique in what you do!
  3. (44:55) If you’re stronger and more conditioned, the more confidence and preparation you have – this leads to you being more successful due to that confidence and preparation

CONNECT WITH VICTOR:

Top Gun Website:  https://topgunjags.com/presale

Top Gun IG: @topgunjags305

LINKS:

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CHEERFIT: instagram.com/cheerfittraining

FAVE PRODUCTS:

Ultima I Head to Toe https://www.ultimareplenisher.com/ and use code CHEER20 for 20% off 

How to Turn your Cheer Passion into a Profitable Side Hustle

Need Some Fitness Inspo? The 5 Top Tips That Work for Me Every Time

Episode 16: Need Some Fitness Inspo? The 5 Top Tips that Work for Me Every Time

Today’s episode of Life After Cheer is another episode with just me! I’m particularly excited about this one because I’m sharing my top 5 tips on how I stay motivated with fitness! 

Learning to keep up with fitness and stay motivated is an important element of working on fitness and your health. 

Listen in to learn more about: 

  1. (2:30) As with anything in life, the key to success is to have a plan – with a plan, you won’t waste your time, and you’ll be able to commit more
  2. (12:24) Focus on your wins; that’s going to give the structure that will set you up for success
  3. (21:30) Plan your workouts into your day – even if you don’t feel like working out that day, you can still use that time for self-care reasons

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